Peck's Compendium of Fun eBook

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These Sunday school people will have a nice time, and do a great amount of good, if the fish continue to bite, and they can go home with their hearts full of the grace of God, their stomachs full of fish, their teeth full of bones; and if they fall out of the boats, and their suspenders hold out, they may catch a basin full of eels in the basement of their pantaloons.  But we trust they will not try to compete with the local sports in telling fish stories.  That would break up a whole Sunday school system.


When you see an article in the editorial columns of a paper headed, “The Political Outlook,” look at the bottom line, and if it says “sold by all druggists,” don’t read it.  There is such an article going the rounds, which is an advertisement of a patent medicine.  It is a counterfeit well calculated to deceive.  Don’t read a political article unless the owner’s name is blown in the bottle.


The law to compel hotel keepers to provide rope ladders for every room above the second floor, is said not to be enforced, though it should be by all means.  The law ought to be amended so as to compel guests to get up once or twice during the night and run up or down the rope ladder, outside the window, in their night clothes, so as to be in practice in case of fire.  When every room is provided with rope ladders there will be lots of fun.  Those men who invariably blow out the gas, will probably think they have got to come down stairs on the rope ladder in the morning, and it will take an extra clerk to stand in the alleys around a hotel, with a shot gun, to keep impecunious guests from going away from the tavern via rope ladder.  And then imagine an Oshkosh man in a Milwaukee hotel, his head full of big schemes, and his skin full of beer.  He has been on a “bum,” and is nervous, and on being shown to his room he sees the rope ladder coiled up under the window, ready to spring upon him.  He stares at it, and the cold sweat stands all over him.  The rope ladder returns his gaze, and seems to move and to crawl towards his feet.  For a moment he is powerless to move.  His hair stands on end, his heart ceases to beat, cold and warm chills follow each other down his trousers legs and he clutches at the air, his eyes start from their sockets, and just as the rope ladder is about to wind around him, and crush his life out, he regains strength enough to rush down stairs head over appetite, and tell the clerk about the menagerie up stairs.  O, there is going to be fun with these rope ladders, sure.


A doctor at Ashland is also a Justice of the Peace, and when he is called to visit a house he don’t know whether he is to physic or to marry.  Several times he has been called out in the night, to the country, and he supposed some one must be awful sick, and he took a cart load of medicines, only to find somebody wanted marrying.  He has been fooled so much that when he is called out now he carries a pill-bag and a copy of the statutes, and tells them to take their choice.

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